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7244 Prairie Avenue
(Al Capone's Chicago home)
After many requests, and mainly for those who may never have a chance of taking a peak inside Al's famous home, I have created this page.
Enjoy!




Al Capone's old Prairie avenue home before and today, 7244 South Prairie Avenue.
Built by it's original owners in 1914 at a cost of $5,000. With their roots still in New York , Al Capone and family began to move into the place on August 8,1923. The ownership was under Mae and Theresa Capone. Frank Capone's funeral was held here. Theresa Capone passed away in this house in 1952.
On November 26,1947, the ownership was transferred to Mafalda Maritote. (Al's sister).  After Theresa's death, she sold the house on January 15,1953, to a William B. Petty. It has changed hands since then and is currently for sale.
(Special thanks to Joe Walters for info).



Frank Capone's 1924 funeral held at 7244 South Prairie Avenue.
(Special thanks to Bill Helmer)



Decorative metal doors protect entrance.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)






Under above balcony.
(Photo Joe Walters collection)





These bars were installed many years ago when Al added improvements to protect his family.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)







Left side view of the house from the front.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)






Looking up at the windows that were bricked over in later years.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)







Another view.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)





Peaceful looking neighbourhood.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)





Most of the houses around Capone's old homestead are the same ones that were always there.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)






Right side of the house from the front.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)






                 Backyard. It was here that Theresa took a photo that was sent to Al while he was in Atlanta.
                 Notice also windows that were originally there and latter bricked over.  
                                                                                   (Photos Mario Gomes collection)






Another view with stand alone garage at left.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)






The Capone's backyard.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)





View from the lane.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)







Inside stand alone garage. Most thought Al had a escape route from inside the house.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)









Screen door and metal gate obscuring famous address.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)









7244 address.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)



Al's address in Chicago telephone directory in November of 1923. Al had moved in to the first floor and later moved upstairs as his appearances to the house became infrequent due to business. Most of his time was spent at the Lexington. By 1928, Al had moved and was often living in Miami at 93 Palm Isle. Theresa, Mafalda and others moved downstairs.


The telephone directory for 1929 now listed Theresa Capone as the one living at 7244 Prairie. Al had since left. After his Alcatraz stint ,Al did come back to the old homestead for visits and stayed upstairs.

Theresa Capone listed for 7244 Prairie Ave. in the summer of 1929 Chicago telephone directory.





Entrance.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)







Outside entrance.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)






Entrance wall tiles.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)









Entrance ceiling moulding.
(Photo Joe Walters collection)






Close up of mosaic tiles in entrance.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)







Front entrance from inside.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)








Entrance hallway.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)








Original flooring.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)







Entrance to the living room or parlor as it was known then.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)






This is the front living room where Frank (Salvatore) wake was held in 1924.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)






View of hall towards the entrance and living room.
(Photo Joe Walters collection)






View of entrance towards back of the house (kitchen).
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)







Room 1
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)







Room 2
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)







Bathroom
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)









Bathroom floor
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)









Basement  entrance through one of the rooms.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)










Basement.
(Photo Joe Walters)







Laundry room.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)







Sink in the laundry room.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)








Window and back door of basement.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)







Back upstairs the dining room.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)






Archway over double doors from back varanda leading to dining room.
(Photo Joe Walters collection)









Double doors to the back porch downstairs .
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)










Al photographed in front of the double doors upstairs of 7244 Prairie.
Al and his family would stay upstairs while visiting his mom in Chicago.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)










Dining room windows looking to the side of the house.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)









Back porch windows to the backyard and garage.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)






Kitchen.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)






Side view of kitchen and back window.
(Photo Joe Walters collection)




A view out back.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)









 Closer side view from within.
(Photo Mario Gomes collection)











First Posted December 2009